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Homestead Resort Historic Christmas * December 9 - 11, 2013
Star MONTICELLO BY CANDLELIGHT Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
New 2 years ago, our folks LOVED IT! We are so happy to offer it again for 2013.

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH – Canton, OH - Alliance, OH – Salem, OH – Columbiana, OH


Price:
Single Room - $928.00
Double Room - $748.00
Triple Room - $718.00
Quad Room - $698.00

Tour Description:

Welcome to The Homestead.  Virginia's finest mountain resort!  Surrounded by the four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains, this National Historic Landmark welcomed its first guest to the beautiful Virginia countryside a decade before the American Revolution.

 

Brand-New a few years ago, we are so excited to be able to offer you again ~ this is a VERY unique and special Christmas tour!!  We begin our three festive days with a stop in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Forty years in the making, the Virginia mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson is a remarkable integrations of classical architecture and modern innovation designed by Jefferson himself and built on the mountaintop where he played as a boy.  See an introductory film, Mulberry Row which is the plantation "street" along which Monticello slaves lived and labored, and the amazing Gardens.  Amidst the beautiful decorations you will experience this magnificent homed on a very special tour called "Monticello by Candlelight"!  Experience an intimate look at how the winter holiday season was observed during Jefferson's era when Christmas was not just a day, it was a season, running from December 25 to January 6, the traditional 12 day of Christmas.  Our tour will focus on the magical ambiance of friends and fellowship that was at the center of the Christmas season at Monticello.

Following this wonderful event, we drive a short ways to  the spectacular Clifton Inn, a world-class inn and restaurant set amidst 100-acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and built by the Governor of Virginia in 1768 - you will LOVE it!  We stay tonight at an area hotel. 

Next day we begin with a visit to President Woodrow Wilson's birthplace and museum, a Georgian-style red brick house.  This afternoon we journey on, and arrive in Hot Springs, Virginia, a FOUR-STAR luxury resort in the Allegheny Mountains.  An elegant and sophisticated historic hotel with southern charm.  The Homestead is now a National Historic Landmark built around a therapeutic Mineral Spa, and considered Virginia's finest resort.  Visits at The Homestead are distinguished by historic ambience, rich traditions, and a seemingly endless array of indoor and outdoor activities.  You will arriving to a Wine & Cheese reception, luxurious accommodations, an indoor mineral pool, nightly movies in the theatre, a Homestead History Tour, VIP turndown service and much more!

Tonight, a special highlight will be your gourmet dinner with music and dancing - Wow!  (collared shirts and jackets for the men).  Later, you'll love their "Holiday Lights & Ice" display where the front lawn has been transformed into a glittering ice rink like a scene from a Norman Rockwell Christmas Card!  See skaters, carolers and holiday lights with this beautiful stately hotel as the backdrop.  You will walk through lighted arches to several holiday-themed areas. 

The next morning is free for individual interests ~ there are numerous activities and events to enjoy as much as you wish (some at an extra cost).  All too soon, we will be pointing our sleigh, um - I mean coach, towards Ohio and return you safe and sound to your pickup points from a truly beautiful "Historic Christmas"!

This tour has an early deadline - Please call before October 4th so we're sure we have enough to go. 

 

Important Note:

This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

 

 

Departure Details:

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Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.